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arcplan

6 Ratings

arcplan

6 Ratings
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Score 9.6 out of 101

iCharts for NetSuite

3 Ratings
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Score 4.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

arcplan

It is very suitable for complete corporate BI solutions. If you see BI as embedding information into your organization and business processes, and thus as more than just a few scattered dashboards and reports, arcplan is your platform. It's less suitable for ad-hoc reporting and data discovery. It can do it (everything is possible), but there is strong competition in this area.
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iCharts for NetSuite

At this time, iCharts is not well suited for anything as they seem to be closed. I am not sure if this is permanent as there is no one to ask. If they were to re-open I would be hesitant as they had no trouble closing without notifying customers.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
iCharts for NetSuite
5.0
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
iCharts for NetSuite
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
iCharts for NetSuite
5.0
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
iCharts for NetSuite

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
iCharts for NetSuite
5.5
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
iCharts for NetSuite
4.0
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
iCharts for NetSuite
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
iCharts for NetSuite
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
iCharts for NetSuite
7.0

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
iCharts for NetSuite
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
iCharts for NetSuite
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
iCharts for NetSuite
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
iCharts for NetSuite
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
iCharts for NetSuite

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
iCharts for NetSuite
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
iCharts for NetSuite
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
iCharts for NetSuite
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
iCharts for NetSuite

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
iCharts for NetSuite
4.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
iCharts for NetSuite
5.0
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
iCharts for NetSuite
5.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
iCharts for NetSuite
4.0

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
iCharts for NetSuite
7.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
iCharts for NetSuite
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
iCharts for NetSuite
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
iCharts for NetSuite
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
iCharts for NetSuite
7.0

Pros

  • Endless functionality. With arcplan, you're not limited to a certain set of functions (like with most competitors), but you can think up and add functionality. This includes things like business process management modules, so that your BI really gets embedded into business processes.
  • One core, one skill-set needed, no coding. As an all-round arcplan developer, you can basically do everything. So, even when things get complex, there is no need for external scripts, macros, VBA code, etc. Even the most advanced corporate BI systems are built in arcplan with one skillset!
  • No end user training needed. With arcplan, it's easy to build applications that work purely intuitively. It's also possible to show/hide advanced options, depending on the type of users you define.
  • No data modelling required. Of course, if the business requires it, you can add semantic layers, but you are not forced to do it in all circumstances. I find this a huge advantage over other products, because most business data sources already are logically structured.
  • Multiple data sources can be connected and you're completely free in combining the data in these sources: create your own, or create modules to associate data 'on the fly', whatever you want. You want ETL? No problem. You want to avoid ETL? No problem either.
  • Write-back capabilities: this is critical if you want to really embed BI into your business processes. In BI, information should be actionable: arcplan allows the end user to really take that action.
  • Great developer interface, which makes it also possible for someone with limited technical skills (but high business acumen) to take part in developments.
  • Pricing and licensing. At first glance, arcplan seems not very cheap compared to competitors. However, the licensing model is logical, and there are no hidden costs. Compare that to 'free' products that become very costly as soon as you want to have an enterprise solution.
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  • Their new platform is easy to navigate
  • We had a dedicated support person to help set up searches and train in the use of iCharts
  • Separate Dashboards for each group
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Cons

  • Positioning and marketing. Most BI vendors use a non-technical sales strategy and focus on shiny, sexy dashboards to sell the story. In order to position arcplan fairly and correctly, the technical and business advantages need to be part of a sales story. So, it is not really an easy product to sell to customers, if it has to compete with now-to-wow-five-minute products.
  • Learning/training for developers. It's easy to learn the basics of arcplan, because the interface is logical. But nothing prevents a beginning developer from creating a monstrous application, because there is no prescribed architecture. It really takes some experience to become a good arcplan architect. It's a disadvantage resulting from one of arcplan's biggest advantages.
  • Data connectors: arcplan standard comes with a connector of your choice. Additional connectors need to be purchased separately. Many other products come with a full range of connectors.
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  • The new platform has limitations on colors and sizing
  • iCharts seem to have closed its doors without notification and now we have a product with no support
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Alternatives Considered

acplan beats Qlik on basically everything, including price. It's technically far superior, provides far better security and unlike Qlik does not require coding when things get complex.arcplan beats Tableau and Yellowfin on capabilities. Tableau and Yellowfin are very good at what they do, but capabilities are limited, unless you call the programmers.arcplan beats SAP BO by being one product, instead of a suite with 10 components using 10 different skill sets. And, as a result, it beats SAP BO hands down on implementation costs and efforts
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We have only just started looking at other options, NetSuite is the one who recommended ICharts and for what they were offering we felt they would be a good fit for us.
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Collaboration and Sharing

arcplan9.0
Based on 2 answers
Security: range of possibilities, like a full AD integrated application framework, or using database security, custom solutions. Ease of sharing data: The Enage module (separately sold) is very powerful, but even standard arcplan enterprise has functions for bookmarking, sharing, mailing etc. There is also a range of possibilities to export reports to PDF, PowerPoint, Excel, Word. There are plenty of options to secure unified formatting, without limiting flexibility. It's therefore also very easy to maintain central layouts. Finally, arcplan comes standard with a scheduler, in which you can automate almost anything, including distribution of reports.
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iCharts for NetSuite5.0
Based on 1 answer
Some of the sharing is role based in NetSuite so sometimes it takes some digging to find out why certain charts can't be shared and others share easily
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Data Integration

arcplan8.0
Based on 2 answers
There are native drivers for data sources and per data source, there may be nice, specific functions and features. Especially on ODBC and SAP, there are great possibilities. The only downside, compared to competitors, is that connectors need to be purchased separately.
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iCharts for NetSuite4.0
Based on 1 answer
Unless you are a power user of NetSuite where you can whip up searches with ease, this could be a difficult task
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Pricing Details

arcplan

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
arcplan Editions & Modules
arcplan
Additional Pricing Details

iCharts for NetSuite

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
$3,000*
1.  per installation
iCharts for NetSuite Editions & Modules
iCharts for NetSuite
Edition
Professional
$10,0001
Business
$15,0001
Elite
$25,0001
1. per installation
Additional Pricing Details
Based on number of NetSuite licenses